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Apples & honey.jpgKlezCalifornia's Board of DIrectors wishes you and your loved ones a sweet New Year! Anticipating Rosheshoneh in two weeks, a gut, zisn yor!  

line drawing of people talkingWant to learn Yiddish but other offerings have not fit into your schedule? A new once-a-week Yiddish class for beginners will start in Berkeley in October. Register in September for tuition discounts. See below in "Coming in October."

Record-a-thon microphoneThe Long Now Foundation's Rosetta Project is creating an on-line digital archive of all human languages. KlezCalifornia helped them organize an August 19 Yiddish Record-a-thon, which yielded thirteen personal histories, stories and songs. Watch and listen to these recordings and the group discussion, "Why Do We Still Speak Yiddish?" HERE

And a KlezCalifornia Connection: Two long-ago friends have reconnected through KlezCalifornia: Berkeley resident Frank Snitz read in the newsletter about Santa Cruz resident Harvey Gotliffe, author of "The Oy Way". They knew each other fifty years ago in Detroit. Neither was interested in Yiddish then but both are studying it now!



-- Deadline for submissions for the October newsletter: September 24
-- Long-term calendar of Yiddish-inspired events in the Bay Area:
-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture: 
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others:

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In This Issue
KlezCalifornia Booth at the Solano Stroll, Sunday, September 9
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in October
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
KlezCalifornia Booth at the Solano Stroll
  Solano Stroll 2012 artworkSunday, September 9, 10:00am-6:00pm, KlezCalifornia
booth at the Solano Stroll, Berkeley/Albany. Look for us
between Tulare and Ventura Avenues, in the Jewish organizations' "neighborhood." We will be west of Lehrhaus Judaica and Kol Hadash, and east of J Street and the Aquarian Minyan. More info:


KlezCalifornia members are welcome to rest for awhile on one of our chairs, shmooze with us and the publicand listen to some klezmer music.  


Community Events
Mondays, September 3 and September 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Music featuring Dave Rosenfeld(on mandolin, violin, percussion) and Mike Perlmutter (on clarinet, saxophone). At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354.

Thursday, September 13, 12:30-1:30pm, Kugelplex: klezmer music and dancing. At Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco. No charge. More info:

Thursday September 20, 27, October 4, 1:00-3:00pm, Chassidism: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism, taught by Ken Blady, former Chassid from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. At John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill. Tuition: 3X $40 ($32 Emeritus College Members). More[at]dvc.edu925.685.1230 X2388.

Thursday, September 20, 5:30-8:00pm. Ritlab: Pickle, Preserve, and Molly Picon film. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), San Francisco. Pickle cucumbers with Wilderness Torah;
watch "East and West," a silent 1923 comedy classic featuring beloved Yiddish film star Molly Picon, accompanied by a lively, newly-composed film score; and more. Tickets: free with $5 museum admission; CJM members free; advance tickets recommended. More info: info[at]thcjm.org415.655.7800HERE.

Sunday, September 30, 2:00-4:00pm, Then and Now, Susan Felix Art Retrospective, with klezmer entertainment by Dave Rosenfeld & Friends. At the Jewish Heritage Museum, Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville. Refreshments provided. More info:
On the Web
Food metaphors in Yiddish and other languages: Article by Anna Mindess on's Bay Area Bites HERE (Thanks to Anna Mindess, who asked KlezCalifornia for food metaphors in Yiddish).

Disappearing Yiddish accents
 discussed HERE in "The Forward." Includes video of a guy warming up the audience before The Mary Tyler Moore show by reciting Old Man River with a Yiddish accent (Thanks to Henry Hirsch Carrey).

Pete Sokolow playing -- and translating -- a risqué Mickey Katz tune HERE. For adults only (Thanks to Bert Stratton as posted on the Jewish Music listserv).

Exercise in Yiddish HERE with Yiddish theatre actress Shifra Lerer (1915-2011) and two others singing and demonstrating the shoulder shrug and other moves (Thanks to Robin Braverman).

Isaac Bashevis Singer's 1978 Nobel Prize acceptance speech HERE (Thanks to Daniel Tkach).

The Barry Sisters sing over images of Marc Chagall paintings HERE (Thanks to Larry Becker).
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Proverb of the month: In an ofn tepl, shtekt itlekheh moyz arayn dos kepl. When the cat's away, the mice will play (literally, Every mouse sticks its head into an open pot) (Thanks to Shaul Seidler-Feller

 Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, to news[at]
Coming in October

Put these exciting events on your calendar now and see the October newsletter for more details. You can always check out KlezCalifornia's long-term calendar at 

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm, Kugelplex performs with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 
at Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. Tickets $20.50 advance, $22.50 door. More info:

YiddishclassesThree Yiddish courses presented by Lehrhaus Judaica: 

Beginning Yiddish, taught by Mindl Cohen.
Wednesdays, October 10 - December 5 (no class 11/21), 7:00-8:15 pm. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition (class L150-BJ): $105, $90 if registered by October 1.

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Jon Levitow.
Thursdays, October 4 - December 13 (no class 11/22), 7:00-9:00 pmAt Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. Tuition (class L350-KE): $200, $180 for Kol Emeth members.

Reading Yiddish Texts, taught by Yael Chaver.
Mondays, October 15 - December 17, 7:15-9:15 pm. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Read (in Yiddish) and discuss (in English) selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tuition (class L350-BJ): $150, $120 if registered by October 1.

More info on all three classes: lehrhaus.org510.845.6420.

Monday, October 15, 7:00pm, Jews and Ukrainians in Russia's Literary Borderlands: From theShtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop, a presentation by Amelia Glaser. 
At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More 

Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, at a private home in El Cerrito. 
Discussion topicsGender roles in historic and modern Jewish life; and Yiddish proverbs. More info: flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org415.789.7679.

Sunday, October 21, 2:00pm, The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, presented by author Harvey Gotliffe
. At Bird & Beckett Bookstore, San Francisco. Learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in a restorative, meditative, moving exercise experience. More info:,415.586.3733.

Sunday, October 28, 1:30pm, The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, presented by author Harvey Gotliffe.
 See item above. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30pm, God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz. 
Ayke Agus (Heifetz' student, accompanist and companion), who appears in the 87-minute film, will speak and play after the screening. At Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. Part of 17th Annual Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. Tickets available beginning September 12. More info: HERE.
Honor Wall
New Honor Wall posting this month:

Harvey Gotliffe: To honor my grandfather Max Gotliffe, who was born in Kovno in 1876, and my grandmother Annie Hart, who was born in Memel, Germany, also in 1876. They met and married in England, and came to America in 1910 when my father Henry was two. Max died when I was eight. I never heard my grandparents or my father speak Yiddish, yet I learned that my father was the family's Yiddish correspondent with his grandfather Joseph Hart in England. Max, Annie and Henry spoke Yiddish, and now I am trying to rekindle the family's connection to the mameloshn.

Support KlezCalifornia
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our web Honor Wall for one year. This is a fine way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage.

Chai imageWe hope Contributing Members can give $54 (3 chai) or more. In appreciation for contributions at this level, we offer you a choice of gifts: The 115-page exercise book, "The Oy Way." This warm book by Harvey Gotliffe helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. Check it out at Or a DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" ( Or eight beautiful, brightly-colored, 5"x7" music-themed cards designed by Sonoma County artist Nina Bonos (see the cards HERE).

Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving.